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    Never owned a pool and concerned?

    Hi all we are new to this forum, jason and kim here. We are looking to move out of our townhouse and into a home as we are running out of space here. So we looked at a home last week and absolutely fell in love with the floor plans of the house!!! BUT it has an inground swimming pool in the back yard and its bank owned so we have no idea if the pool is operational?? Or how much it would cost if there was something wrong with it?? It also has a large hot tub and sauna in the house, like I said we are very un familiar with pool and spa's so any advice would be helpful!! We also dont want to end up having to dump thousands of dollars right away into these projects!! Though we do understand its a life long project owning a home, pool ect.... Also how much does a pool/spa raise your energy cost? We are located in minnesota if that helps. Looking forward to hearing your responses!
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    Vette's Avatar
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    Jul 2012

    Re: Never owned a pool and concerned?

    If your pump on low uses 3 amps, it uses 330 watts of power. Running 8 hours a day, that's 2640 watt/hrs x 30 days = ~80 kWh. Multiply that by your electric price and you get your monthly cost. You have to consider how much having a pool is worth to you, and to everyone here, it's worth a lot more than what we spend on power and chemicals. The pool probably is not currently operation. How old is it?
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    Sep 2011
    Gurnee, IL (North Suburban Chi-town)

    Re: Never owned a pool and concerned?

    Welcome to the forum!

    From the operational side of things, a lot of the cost depends on how handy you are. Most simple pool issues are DIY jobs. If you have experience in basic plumbing and electrical work, and are comfortable with mechanical things (think: pump) most pool "problems" are solvable by the homeowner. Obviously if there are structural issues that need to be fixed, that type of stuff is best left to a pro.

    I answered your question without really answering your question (sorry about that ) but hopefully that helps you in the way you think about it.
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